THE Volvo XC90 has been hailed as one of Britain’s safest ever cars.
The big SUV has never recorded any fatalities on UK roads since records began, according to latest figures.
XC90 has incredible crash performance according to tests and real-world results
Analysis by Thatcham Research of police accident stats and insurance claims found no record of anyone ever dying in a XC90.
That includes as a driver or passenger and dates back to when records began in 2004.
At that point the first generation of the Swedish SUV had only been on sale for two years.
And since then around 54,000 models have been sold in the UK with the mark two 2015 model proving a big hit.
Volvo XC90 has been on sale since 2002
It was one of the first cars to adopt safety systems that could detect hazards and warn drivers.
These have since evolved to autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems which allows cars to slam on the brakes before a crash.
Thatcham says this type of tech has the chance to save 1,100 lives in the UK over the next decade – and prevent 122,000 casualties.
The XC90 news puts Volvo on track to help its “Vision 2020” claim that nobody will ever be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars by 2020.
Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham, told Auto Express: “Often when a vehicle is new, you don’t see fatalities, as it takes time for models to build up sales numbers.
“But we have around 14 years’ history of the XC90, and that stands out.
Shocking Stats Reveal Brits Think It’s ‘acceptable’ To Speed By Up To 9mph Over The Limit – And It’s Worst In 20mph Zones
SHOCKING stats have revealed British drivers think it’s totally fine to drive above the speed limit.
According to a recent study, half of all motorists think it’s “acceptable” to speed, meaning nearly 20 million drivers are breaking the law.
Alamy Around half of British drivers think its OK to break the speed limit
Conducted by Direct Line Car Insurance, the study revealed the average driver had no problem exceeding the speed limit by as much as 9mph on 70mph roads – some 13 per cent above the maximum.
Drivers were also happy to break the speed limit by roughly the same percentage in 40mph, 50mph and 60mph speed zones.
But it was the lower speed zones that saw Brits pushing the boundaries the most.
Many motorists claimed driving at 26mph in a 20mph zone was fine, despite it being 28 per cent over the speed limit.
Middle lane hoggers and tailgaters nearly as bad as speeders on British roads
While more than half of British drivers think it’s acceptable to speed, a further 25 per cent admited to tailgating or lane hogging. A recent study by Confused.com found millions of Brits still commit the offences, despite risking a careless driving charge, a £100 fine and three penalty points:
One in four (24%) UK drivers admit they have hogged the middle lane One in five (18%) have tailgated another driver One in eight (13%) drivers have had an accident or near miss caused by tailgating Just less than one in eight (12%) have had an accident or near miss caused by middle lane hogging. More than a third (37%) of middle lane hoggers admit they drive in the middle lane because it makes their drive easier and saves changing lanes One in three (33%) say they drive in the middle lane because it feels safer Tailgaters blame other drivers for their actions, with almost two thirds (63%) saying they often do it because other drivers are going too slow
The study also revealed the most common reasons drivers give for speeding.
At least 16 million Brits claim they speed without realising, while a further 10.9 million claim they only speed if the road is empty.
A further 19 per cent of motorists think being late is excuse enough to drive too fast, and a further nine per cent think speed limits are too low anyway.
Worryingly, around 1.7 million drivers said they choose to speed simply because they enjoy the thrill of driving fast.
Supercars, Nightlife, Parties, Luxury Hotels And Amazing Driving Locations… That’ll Be The Cannon Run
WELCOME to The Cannon Run — a road trip that’s one of the fastest growing social events in the UK and Europe.
These exciting adventures are a mixture of exotic supercars, modified cars and the weird and wild cars.
Jesse Evison Things that make you go Mmmmm: This 800bhp Hamman built BMW M5 is just one of the amazing The Cannon Run cars
Plus on top of that there’s nightlife parties, DJs, amazing driving locations and more than 200 VIP participants.
This year’s main event is their European road trip, which includes 70 cars crossing through ten countries.
You have the option of attending for a one or two week trip.
All of the routes, hotels and nightlife activities are hand- picked ensuring the best roads.
The Cannon Run welcomes petrol heads from all walks of life, everything from the rarest supercars to the quirkiest classic build.
WHAM, BAM THANK YOU LAMB: Europe’s only supercharged Lamborghini Huracan leads the way on the Cannon Run Easter Spring Break
BLUE BEATY: The Bugatti Veyron that has just signed up for The Cannon Run European trip
So if you’ve got a wild and wonderful vehicle, they want to see it take part.
The Event commences from in London on June 2 until June 8 for Week One and June 14 for Week Two.
The One-Week option route costs €1,250 Per Person and the Two-Week option is €3,450 Per Person and it will be a trip of a life time.
Included in the above price is, all return ferry crossings, all luxury accommodation along route, breakfast, full driver team sticker packs and sponsor packs.
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But that not all, you also get all entry to daily activities, VIP entry for nightlife activities, support vehicle, luggage transport, shuttle bus at night to clubs/venues, pre-planned, pre-driven routes with all cars considered.
And just confirmed this week is that two Bugatti Veyron hypercars will be taking part in the European road trip.
Then in July The Cannon Run moves closer to home for their — Irish Wild Atlantic Way run.
Starting in Dublin the convoy will make it way to Galway, Connemara, Westport, Bundoran, Malin Head then to the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast and finishing in Belfast.
Jesse Evison STUNNING VIEWS: Spectacular landscapes and awesome cars… that will be The Cannon Run
This event will see some of Britain’s finest supercars making the trip to Ireland where they will get to explore the amazing scenery and exciting roads we have on offer.
The organisers already have a number of cars signed up but still currently taking bookings online.
Over the last few years The Cannon Run has had Limos, decommissioned army vehicles, classic builds, hot rods, road legal racecars, all taking part in the event and to see them on the road alongside the finest Italian Ferraris and Lamborghinis is a sight you’ll never forget.
The price for the Irish Wild Atlantic Way run is €500 Per Person, which includes three nights luxury accommodation, entry to all the nightlife activities including a final awards ceremony.
GET IN TOUCH:
All info for every one of The Cannonrun’s events can be found on social media:
And of course you can now book via their new website: www.thecannonrun.com
Jesse Evison STAR CARS: The hills are alive with the sound of The Cannon Run supercars on their Easter Spring Break THE CANNONRUN EASTER SPRING BREAK:
On Easter weekend The Cannon Run Spring Break run saw 40 Supercars make their way through the UK’s most amazing driving locations.
Starting from Manchester City centre, they headed through the twisty roads of The Peak District for their first Checkpoint.
Then the supercar convoy headed for the first luxury stop, a night in Cheshire for a private Cannonrun function in the Marco Pierre steakhouse and cocktail bar.
The second day included cutting through Snowdonia via the Evo Triangle and Bala Lake, then hitting the amazing coastal route to Swansea.
That’s where the Cannon Run guests were treated to a private screening of the Anthony Joshua versus Joseph Parker fight and party venue.
The finish line was in Cardiff City where we The Cannon Run awards ceremony took place.
And The Cannonrun Car of Choice award to Abbie in her 1983 MINI which is a project she had finished recently just in time to make the startline.
Why Driving With Your Air Conditioning On Could Save You Money On Fuel – And Other Motoring Myths Studied
KEEPING yourself cool in the car in hot weather is vital – but should you use the air con or wind down the windows?
The common consensus is you’ll use less fuel if you switch the air con off and rely on the breeze.
Getty – Contributor Turning the heater up can actually make your car cooler
But experts have actually revealed your bank balance might be better if you wind the windows up.
Based on a study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), driving with the windows up and the air conditioning on is typically a more fuel-efficient way to drive.
The SAE study was conducted at a General Motors wind tunnel and on a desert track.
In the wind tunnel, air was forced over the front of the car and also from an angle on the front of the car to simulate a cross wind.
Fact or fiction? Motoring myths revealed
Is it true that turning my heating on in the car will really cool down my engine?
Turning your heating on in the car might sound like a crazy idea to help cool down your motor.
However, it’s actually completely true – if you can handle the heat yourself. There’s no point cooling the car down only to pass out behind the wheel!
If you turn off the air-con and turn on the heater, the engine will breath a sigh of relief.
Excess heat from the engine will be sucked into the cabin, cooling it down under the bonnet.
Put your car in neutral or park and then rev the engine as this makes the fan and the water pump work faster.
As a result more air and more water travel through your car’s radiator. This increased circulation cools down the engine, too.
It’s ok to just put water into my car radiator, isn’t it?
The old way was it’s better to use just plain water during the summer in your car radiator but if you carry on doing this, you could have problems.
Coolant will have anti-corrosion or anti-wear additives which will help your cooling system.
Also you are slightly diluting the coolant mix each time meaning that your coolant would freeze during the winter causing damage to your engine. Always use the correct mix of fresh coolant and water.
Is it true that my car needs thicker oil in the summer months?
Nowadays, no. Modern oils are very effective across all temperature ranges, and new engines are designed and tested to work specifically with only the type of oil listed in your owner’s manual.
Is it true you get more for your money if you buy fuel during the mornings of hot days?
The reasoning behind this is fuel is denser when temperatures are cooler, so you’d get more fuel per gallon into your car.
But fuel is stored in underground tanks at fuel stations meaning the density remains almost the same.
Does the hot weather on roads cause more wear to my tyres?
Yes, the rising temperatures coupled with speed and heat build-up can all come together to weaken tyres and result in worn damage or, at worst, a blowout.
Tyres wear quicker in extremes of heat or cold. Wet roads cool the tyres and reduce friction between the tread and the road, so wear is lessened compared to that of hot roads.
Can I really cook an egg on my car bonnet in hot temperatures?
When touching your car bonnet you may be thinking “wow that’s hot enough to cook an egg”. Well, the truth is unless you’re in temperatures like that of California’s Death valley, the likelihood is your egg won’t sizzle as you would expect.
Experiments of cars in temperatures of 35 degrees have shown that an egg won’t solidify and harden as any frying egg should. So don’t try it.
In the desert, temperatures and vehicle speed were factored into the study.
Two vehicles were used in the test, one was a full size SUV with an 8.1-litre V8 engine and the other was a full-size sedan equipped with a 4.6-litre V8 engine.
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